Human Rights Concerns After Failed Coup

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Many leaders and commentators have voiced concerns that human rights will not be upheld following the failed Turkish coup.

On 15th July, members of the Turkish military staged a coup in a bid to overthrow the government. Those involved in the coup took control of helicopters and attacked governmental buildings. A military jet was also used to bomb the Presidential residency.

It has been reported that there were over 100 fatalities and over 1,000 injured in the attacks.

Following the surrender of the insurgents, there has been a widespread concern for human rights.

The Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, announced that those involved in the coup would face a heavy price for their act of treason.

Since then there have been over 7,000 arrests. Although the vast majority of those arrested are suspected to be soldiers involved in the uprising, there have also been arrests of judges and prosecutors suspected to be involved.

Over 7,000 police officers and bureaucrats have also been suspended.

Diplomats and leaders from the EU, UK and USA have been publically stated that Turkey must protect the Human Rights of the people suspected of involvement and that democracy must be upheld.

The U.S Secretary of State and former Democratic Presidential nominee, John Kerry, said, “This is no excuse to take the country away from fundamental rights and the rule of law, and we will be extremely vigilant on that.”

Boris Johnson, the UK’s new Foreign Secretary, stated, in that the British Foreign Office was in “what Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service calls ‘crisis mode.”

There are fears that Human Rights will not be upheld in the wake of such an attempt to overthrow the government. There are even fears that the death penalty could be reintroduced.

Although Turkey is not a member of the European Union, and therefore not bound by the European Convention on Human Rights, there are a host of international treaties and laws that aim to protect the Human Rights of all citizens.

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